Several years ago I purchased a queen sized whole cloth flimsy called Welsh Beauty from Chris who had purchased it from a shop.
I took the quilt top out of the bag at the end of June and laid it on a bed upstairs to relax the creases. You don't press these whole cloth quilts ahead of time or you'll set the blue marking!
Here is a link to the Welsh Beauty available from the Stencil Company. And here is the link to the page with all the available queen sized whole cloth quilts if you're interested. Whole cloth quilt tops are also available at some fabric stores too.
I've thought about quilting this quilt for several years but after watching Kathi Clower quilting her Garden Bouquet and Kathy Reeves quilting her Welsh Beauty as a wedding present for her daughter, I decided it was finally time for me to get started.
Decisions, decisions, do I want to quilt the traditional way, all in one color thread like Kathy Reeves? Or if I want to quilt utilizing some colored thread like Kathi Clower?
My final decision, I'm going with two threads but the 2nd thread is a neutral too. For the main body, I'm using natural YLI hand quilting thread. For the feathers and flowers, I'm going to use a variegated #12 Sulky cream/beige thread called Parchment. The heavier thread will give a different texture than the regular thread, at least I hope it does.
This may not be as flashy as Kathi Clower's quilt but I just couldn't decide what colored threads to use. I laid different colored threads on top and just shook my head. In the end, I decided to go with my original plan.
I'm using Hobbs Tuscany Collection 100% wool batting which is available from Connecting Threads. The batt was also opened ahead of time so the creases could relax.
Muslin is the only fabric I can find in the 120" length anymore. But I remembered several years ago, when Calico Point was having sale on quilt backing fabric, I purchased a 120" length of 108" wide backing. This feathery paisley fabric will be perfect for this quilt.
I didn't want to use muslin backing since the front is muslin and will show the quilting perfectly fine. I wanted the back side to be a different fabric from the front. A friend asked me what fabric I'll use for binding, ah . . . I don't know, I'll decide that later!
Here is more information about whole cloth quilts from Carolyn Gibbs Quilts. There are a lot of links to read.
I've enjoyed my quilting break since Blue Stars Around the Garden but Welsh Beauty is in the quilting frame ready for quilting.
I'm going to take a blogging break for the rest of the week. I'll be back next Sunday to show you how much quilting has been accomplished!
Just a side note - Here's a link to the Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale website.
Here's a link to the Quilt Auction. You will be able to view all the quilts in the auction so far. You will be able to bid online during the live auction. The sale is Saturday, September 25.